Born in Connecticut but raised on the Central Coast of California, William Johnston-Carter graduated magna cum laude from Chapman University with a BFA in Film Production and a BS in Physics. While at Chapman he was a member of the selective Filmmaker-in-Residence screenwriting program with Academy Award winning producer Cathy Schulman (Crash, The Illusionist). His senior thesis film, Grange to Garage, has screened at over a dozen film festivals including the Hot Springs Documentary, Phoenix, Sarasota, and Athens Film Festival. Prior to Impact America, William interned for the documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner (Food Inc, War Letters, Two Days in October). After his time as a Media Production Coordinator, William hopes to pursue a career in documentary film.
What do you like to do for fun?
Hiking/Backpacking. I’ve summited Mount Whitney and Half Dome, spent weeks backpacking through the Sierras, and hope to be able to do some weekend hiking trips on the Appalachian trail during my time at Impact America.
What do you wish you could have studied more in school?
Almost everything. Film/Physics sort of dominated my schedule and didn’t leave very much room for electives. I would have enjoyed taking some more Philosophy and English classes if I had had the time.